Loading, wait a second...

Overview of the Raid Pyrenees

Introduction.

This is a classic, challenging road cycling holiday over famous Tour de France cols in the Pyrenees. I participated on this trip with our partners Bike Basque and knew I had to do this again and so why not collaborate to offer this to my friends and clients at Cycle Gran Canaria, and so here we are!

This is THE coast-to-coast route, starting out from the pretty artist’s hang-out of Biarttz on the Mediterranean and ending in Perpigan on the Atlantic coast. Cycling amongst breathtaking scenery, we will tackle many of the most challenging Tour de France passes, including the highest of all, the legendary Col de Tourmalet (2115m).

Epic climbs and sweeping, hairpin descents are amongst the challenges we will face in crossing stunning cols such as the Aspin, Soulor, Aubisque and Marie Blanque. Mostly following quiet country roads, we will experience the great variety of Pyrenean landscape, from pretty farmland to soaring, rugged peaks.

Cycling east to west, from the Basque Country  to the Land of the Catalans, we also experience a variety of different cultures, as well as superb local hospitality and regional food. This is our version of the ‘Pyrenees Raid’, this a fantastic road cycling journey and a ‘must do’ ride for all ‘sportive’ riders and cycling enthusiasts

Our Transfers

We meet all flights whatever the time with a private coach with a driver who knows your name and will be waiting with a Bike Basque logo, travel time to all hotel 30min -/+. Returning flights, we leave 2.30min for airport before flight departure.

Your Dates

19th – 26th July 2020 2nd – 9th August 2020 7th – 14th September 2020

Our Bikes

The Orca M20 19 have a full carbon frame and fork and is equipped with a Shimano 11-speed Ultegra groupset. Weighing in at 7.8 kg, it represent a perfect blend of lightweight performance and precision, and will help you fly effortlessly over the Basque and Pyrenean climbs. All of our road-bikes come with two water bottles cages, a repair kit (tubes, tire-levers, multi-tool) and pump.

Your Hotels

7 nights in guest houses and 2* to 3* hotels in double rooms (DR) with en-suite facilities 7 breakfasts 7 picnic lunches 7 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

Our Content

8 days/7 nights accommodation in quality 3 or 4 star hotels. -Full-board (7 breakfasts, “en route” lunches and dinners) in quality restaurants -Professional guides that know the routes (ratio of 1 guide for 4 guests) -Support vehicles -Transportation of your personal belongings throughout the eight days -Snacks and drinks during your cycling holiday -A Bike Basque gift bag with jersey, bottles, road-book etc. -16 climbs in the Pyrenees -12,000m of climbing -692 km of cycling

Why Choose This Raid Pyrenees Tour?

  • Astonishing Landscapes

    The best scenery in the world! Whereas the Alps and Dolomites can be bleak, the Pyrenees are heavily woods and more pleasing to the eye. Each day we travel through culturally different areas like the Catalan and Basque and we get even to Spain proper.

  • Guided and Supported

    You will never be alone or left behind, the Guide and Support car, know where you are, and will be waiting at any junctions.

  • Challenging Climbs

    Nearly all the climbs are km and gradient markers to guide your effort. The descents are safe and wide with long corners to plan in time.

  • Diverse Cycling Routes

    Incredibly diverse routes with all the favourites from the Tour de France. The Tourmalet being the most famous and iconic.

  • Weather

    We usually good weather which makes the Pyrenees sparkle

  • Luxury Hotels

    The hotels are quaint family run and serve delicious food.We always sleep well, bikes are in highly secure lockups too.

Quick Stats Stage by Stage

  • Biarritz – Barcus – 129 km PY2
    Easy to Medium
  • Barcus – Argeles Gazost – 105 km PY3
    Medium Hard
  • Argeles Gazost – Arreau – 93 km PY4
    Hard
  • Arreau – Saint-Girons – 109 km PY5
    Hard
  • Saint-Girons – Ax-les-Thermes – 100 km PY6
    Medium
  • Ax-les-Thermes – Perpignan – 130 km PY7
    Medium

Stage 1 129 km (80 miles) with 2369 metres of ascent.

Stage 2 131km (81 miles) with 2411 metres of ascent. The Legendary Col d’Aubisque Today!

Stage 3 82 km (50 miles) with 2530 metres of ascent. The legendary Tourmalet today!

Stage 4 108 km (67 miles) with 2418 metres of ascent. Bagnères-sur-Luchon, a city rich in cycling history

Stage 5 90 km (55miles) with 1467 metres of ascent.

Stage 6 140 km (86 miles) with 2872 metres of ascent.

Is This Epic Cycling Holiday For You?!

We take our cue from what type of riders we have had over the last 11 years. Usually over 30 and not older than 70, yes really!, Sportive riders, professional people who do other sports like running, swimming etc.

Above all you are seeking a good challenge, but you like the guide being there as insurance and you like a nice comfortable hotel with a nice glass of wine with like minded people. A sense of camaraderie develops during the week, and there’s never any pressure on people to ride faster, you're on holiday so you ride how you like, it's not the army.

I can guarentee you, that the feeling of being on the cols that feature on every Tour de France is a rite of passage for every cyclist, you quite frankly have to it.

If you want to bring your own bike, you must make sure it’s well serviced and everything functions like it should!

Approx 45% of our riders are repeat clients, why is this? I think it's down the majority of our clients are professional people with sometimes hectic lives, and it's easier when you know what you are getting, the sun, the roads, the bikes, the lack of stress, it can be booked with a text to me, just like that. We keep it content rich and hassle free!

And that’s good for us and good for you!

Testimonials

  • Although I am a seasoned cyclist, all my serious riding has only been on Gran Canaria, so going on the Pyrenees adventure was a major step outside my comfort zone. When you’re conditioned to doing 500plus kms and 11k of climbing per week, to almost double that made me nervous to say the least! However worry not as they say, once you got rolling it was great, the Guide kept a good pace and each day was a basketful of new sights to see. Mid morning snack stop, for me sweet black coffee with treats and lunch at the appropriate time by the road side kept us fully energized every day. You never needed to carry tons of gels and other crap with you, I always felt super tuned by the food and timing of it. You never really felt the distances go by. One thing that was great was that the cycling specific info, distance grade etc that were signed on all climbs, made sure that you were fully informed and could match it up in your head to other climbs in other places, so that you could crack on with confidence. The hotels too were unique and never did we go hungry, although the intake of French wine went up during the week!! Last day, we smelt the brine before we seen the sea,and although we were elated that we had done it, it was a sombre moment as we accepted that it was also over. Would I do it again, absolutely!

    Raymond Leddy

    Gran Canaria

  • Biarritz – Barcus – 129 km PY2
    Easy to Medium
  • Barcus – Argeles Gazost – 105 km PY3
    Medium Hard
  • Argeles Gazost – Arreau – 93 km PY4
    Hard
  • Arreau – Saint-Girons – 109 km PY5
    Hard
  • Saint-Girons – Ax-les-Thermes – 100 km PY6
    Medium
  • Ax-les-Thermes – Perpignan – 130 km PY7
    Medium

Biarritz – Barcus – 129 km

This first day of cycling in the Pyrenees is designed to be a “mise en jambe”, the chance to get the legs turning as you are introduced to Pyrenean climbs ahead of you, nothing too hard, but nothing too easy either.

Difficulties :

-Puerto de Oxtondo (9.3 km at 5.1 %)

-Col d’Ispeguy (5.7 km at 5.1 %)

-Col d’Osquich (4.3 km at 5.9 %)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

Today, as you traverse the Pyrenees, you will be ascending the difficult “Marie Blanque” on your way to the first of the legendary climbs, the magnificent “Col d’Aubisque”, the site of many glorious cycling battles forever engraved in Tour de France history.

Difficulties :

-Col de Marie Blanque (9.2 km at 7.8 %)

-Col d’Aubisque (16.8 km at 6.9 %)

-Col du Soulor (2.1 km at 5.2 %)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

Get ready to climb the legendary Tourmalet, the very first col ever added to the Tour de France in 1910. Before this date, the mountains were not part of the race. It is also the mountain pass that has been included in the Grande Boucle more times than any other. The second challenge of the day will be the Hourquette d’Ancizan which will grace you with its spectacular lush mountain setting and serene atmosphere.

Difficulties :

-Col du Tourmalet (18.4 km at 7.5 %)

-Hourquette d’Ancizan, (9 km at 7 %)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

The day begins with the difficult and rugged Col d’Azet before facing another legend, the Peyresourde. Often used in the Tour de France due to its geographical position when crossing the Pyrenees, it links Bagnères-sur-Luchon, a city rich in cycling history, to Arreau. Then the difficult col de Mente, and the final challenge of the day brings you over the short but steep Portet d’Aspet, toward the finish in Saint-Girons.

 

Difficulties :

-Peyresourde (8.3 km at 8 %)

-Mente (8 km at 8 %)

-Portet d’Aspet (4 km at 9.5 %)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

A beautiful and charming day in the Ariège has been planned for you. The Col de Port is a moderate climb with a few steep sections, but well worth the effort as the view at the top is stunning. It is always possible to make your ride longer by tackling the Plateau de Beille before getting to Ax-les-Thermes. It is up to you.

Difficulties :

-Col de Port (12.3 km at 5 %)

-Pas de Soulombrie (3,9km at 7,7%)

Col de la Marmare (4,5km at 5%)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

Your last adventure of this cycling holiday in the Pyrenees gets right down to business with the difficult Port de Pailheres. All your hard work will be compensated by the breathtaking, undisturbed nature of a more arid landscape that accompanies you on the road to Perpignan.

Difficulties :

-Port de Pailhéres (18.4 km at 7 %)

-Col du Garavel (3 + 4 km at 6 %)

-Col de Jau (10.5 km at 6 %)

Route photos

Hotel Photos

  • Hotel Kemaris*** PY DI (Day 1)

    You will simply love all the charm of a hotel combining the traditional and the modern in the ultra comfortable surroundings that meet Best Western’s international standards. Bright and spacious, the hotel’s 49 rooms are split between the two face-to-face buildings and offer a natural and contemporary look and feel.

  • Chez Chilo PY D2 (Day 2)

    For three generations the Chilo family has been welcoming you to their large Soulet house with blue shutters. Behind this large, somewhat austere façade hides a warm house, with its comfortable bedrooms, living rooms with fireplaces, a beautiful garden with its swimming pool, a pretty terrace with a view of Ahargo.

  • Pierre d'Agos Hotel PY D3 (Day 3)

    At the Pierre d'Agos Hotel, we extend a warm welcome all year round!

    Your holiday at the gateway to the Pibeste Nature Reserve in the heart of the Argelès Valley begins with Chez Pierre d'Agos Hotel** and Restaurant in the little Pyrenean village of Agos-Vidalos.

    Built originally as a wayfarers' inn in 1965, today it is a recently refurbished 68-bedroom hotel in a gorgeous setting with the Pyrenees as its backdrop.

  • L'Hôtel d'Angleterre PY D4 (Day 4)

    This charming hotel is located in Arreau. It offers rooms with flat-screen TVs overlooking the garden or mountains, and a summer heated outdoor pool with a fully furnished terrace.

    Each soundproofed room at the Hôtel D'angleterre is individually decorated, and some have a balcony. Some bathrooms are equipped with a balneo shower.

  • Hotel & Restaurant Eychenne PY D5 (Day 5)

    This charming hotel is located in Arreau. It offers rooms with flat-screen TVs overlooking the garden or mountains, and a summer heated outdoor pool with a fully furnished terrace.

    Each soundproofed room at the Hôtel D'angleterre is individually decorated, and some have a balcony. Some bathrooms are equipped with a balneo shower.

  • Le Chalet PY D6 (Day 6)

    Le Chalet, Gourmet restaurant and hotel ** is situated front of the park of the Teich, towers above the river Oriège in Ax Les Thermes .
    Le Chalet, will know receive you for your wellness or sport stay in summer like in winter.

    Settled in the Chalet since 1998, Magalie and Frédéric Debèves knew how to give all their passion and energy to develop their establishment in a department in the country so rich and delicious and in the landscapes so beautiful as varied.

  • Hotel: Villa Duflot PY D7 (Day 7)

    Under the sun of the Mediterranean, close to the beaches of Canet en Roussillon, near the exceptional architectural heritage of Perpignan’s city center, the Villa Duflot offers a unique holiday resort. At the heart of a wooded park where century-old olive trees, cypresses, eucalyptus and oleanders compete, nestle a 4-star hotel, a gastronomic restaurant, a spa, 5 seminar rooms, a coworking space and many spaces dedicated to your relaxation.

English and French and German Speaking tour guides.
Vehicle support with trip leader
Baggage transfer between overnight stops
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
All meals as detailed in the itinerary

Download Itinerary PDF

Travel insurance
Visas (if required)
Airport transfers unless purchased separately
Miscellaneous personal expenses – tips drinks and souvenirs etc
Bike Carriage on the flights – please contact your carrier for charges

Gran Canaria

The quality of food in the hotels is very high, though not sophisticated, but always healthy and nutritious, the same is siad for the mountain cafes where we stop for lunch. I highly reccomend the "potage" soup, very rich and nutritious, but light in stomach and better than a hard dull energy bar.

France

Breakfasts are usually continental style. Lunches will be fresh and tasty picnics provided by our vehicle support crew. Dinner will be taken at our accommodation. The hotels we use are used to feeding hungry cyclists and generally provide a three-course evening meal, with tasty and large portions of quality local cuisine.

Gran Canaria

Both the Road Camp and TOGC have breakfast and evening meals. Lunch is on the road as local restaurants, budget for 10 Euros

France

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7
 

Gran Canaria

We meet all flights whatever the time with a private coach with a driver who knows your name and will be waiting with a Cycle Gran Canaria logo, travel time to all hotel 30min -/+. Returning flights, we leave 2.30min before flight departure.

France

Customized pick up at your arrival location can be arranged. Introduction to our partners at  Bike Basque staff, go over the schedule, route, safety as you traverse the Pyrenees, and respond to any questions left unanswered. Gift bags that include a Bike Basque cycling jersey, water bottles and road book will be distributed to each guest, and for those who have chosen to rent a bike from Bike Basque, we will assist in setting it up to your specs.

Gran Canaria

For you we know the hotel is just as important as the riding, because you really spend more time there than at any other activity! So we have increased the quality of our offer , 3 levels of hotel,Gloria Palace 4* and Cordial Green Golf 2* Aparthotel and with our new partnership with Dunas, we can now stay at Hotel Suites & Villas. Both Gloria Palace and Hotel Suites & Villas, have bike stations where you can pick up your rental bike. All hotels are bike friendly. This means they have made alterations to their protocol to actively welcome cyclists.

For the Tour of Gran Canaria, we use these are other hotels to the same standard, go to the trip page to see more detail.

We do not force share. Sharing is only possible as mutual agreement between 2 clients

France

Whilst on the Raid Pyreneen tour, accommodation is on a twin-share basis in comfortable, family run 2 and 3-star hotels. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up another single traveller of the same sex.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used.

A professional English speaking Cycle Gran Canaria biking leader will accompany the group together with a support vehicle and driver on both the Tour of Gran Canaria, Raid Pyrneens. and Gran Canaria Road Camp

We recommend that £150 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) will be sufficient for your miscellaneous expenditure and should also cover your bar bills – beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit card or a debit card – there are ATM facilities at Toulouse and Perpignan airports and in Colioure at the start of the ride, as well as in the majority of the larger towns on our route.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary – if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a 10 or 11-speed cassette. Please call if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks -replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers and, if required, adjust, grease or replace.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines and replace if necessary.

f) Check and lube, threadlock and tighten all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and brake calliper mounting bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear and replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage, providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harm’s way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home. PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

France and Gran Canaria

Throughout the entirety of the trip we have the back up of our support vehicle. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle and transported to our next night’s accommodation. During our morning’s ride and on the big climbs the support vehicle will sweep through the group and provide extra water and assistance as required. The vehicle will then stop at a designated rendezvous for the picnic lunch. After lunch the support vehicle will drive onto our next accommodation. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance for group members to ride at their own pace. On our road biking trips it is usual for there to be some distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and the Cycle Gran Canaria are out of sight. You will be provided with detailed ‘road books’ and GPS stats to assist with route finding and the cycling leader will keep a watch at strategic locations. The cycling leader and support vehicle driver will be contactable at all times by mobile phone. Should a breakdown or an emergency arise during your cycling day they will respond as soon as is possible. Whilst our support vehicle cannot transport the whole group, baggage and bikes, it is also there to assist the occasional tired cyclist. So if you want to opt out of a morning, afternoon or even a full day of cycling, it may be possible to travel in the vehicle.

Gran Canaria

Cycle Gran Canaria has with our Bike Free Motion you can pick the latest models from Cannondale, Specialized, Pinarello, BH or Haibike. Our E-bikes benefit from the best Bosch and Yamaha drives. However you like to ride, we have has a bike that’s fully equipped for your needs.Private Bikes also welcome. Go to Bike Rental for all the info.

Pyrenees France.

Our partner Bike Basque also works closely with the Basque brand Orbea, and so has a fleet of 8 road-bikes available for renting, the model is:

The Orca M20 19 have a full carbon frame and fork and is equipped with a Shimano 11-speed Ultegra groupset. Weighing in at 7.8 kg, it represent a perfect blend of lightweight performance and precision, and will help you fly effortlessly over the Basque and Pyrenean climbs. All of our road-bikes come with two water bottles cages, a repair kit (tubes, tire-levers, multi-tool) and pump.

We also sell Bike Basque jersey for 75€, and rent Gps Garmin Edge 820 with uploaded rides up to your needs for 15€ per day.

1 day:      60 €         5 days: 180 €
2 days:    90 €         6 days: 210 €
3 days: 120 €         7 days: 240 €
4 days: 150 €         Over 7 days: +20 €/day

Rental from 3 to 6 days: 1 Bike Basque bottle
Rental over 7 days: 2 Bike Basque bottles

 

 

 

 

 

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you cycle at 2000 metres plus but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels whilst cycling up to and above 2000 metres.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.
PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Feet

Road or touring cycling shoes

Waterproof cycling overshoes

Torso

Base-layer – short sleeve cycling top (x 2)

Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

Lightweight waterproof jacket

Lightweight Fleece top or jumper

Lightweight windproof gillet

Hands

Regular biking gloves

Long fingered gloves

Legs

Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

Cycling tights or tracksters

Head

Eyewear – Biking glasses

Cycling helmet – mandatory

KE Trek Bag Contents

Travel and apres biking clothes

Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking

Wash bag and toiletries

Swimwear

Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag.

Mobile phone (optional)

Mini-pump

Multi-tool

Puncture repair kit & tyre levers

Inner tube

Small camera

Sun cream

Other items affixed to your bike

1 or 2 waterbottles
GPS (Optional)

To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for easy access

Lightweight waterproof top

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES

Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.

If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconenience waiting for assistance.

Pump

Plastic tyre levers

1 rear brake cable

1 rear gear cable

Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)

2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels

Spoke key

4 x inner tubes

Spare chain links

Liquid chain lube

Multi-tool with Allen keys

Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

2x puncture repair kits

A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.

Any spares specific to your bike

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.
Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from ‘Available’ to ‘Guaranteed to run’. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements. But we are always flexible so get in touch!

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip – this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina. However the most common reason given for cancelling or postponing their cycling holiday, has been trainig injuries.So please keep that in mind!

As a reputable Cycling tour operator, Cycle Gran Canaria and their partners respects each country's Consulars ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable their citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all Cycle Gran Canaria travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on their official FO website. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html or for Canada https://travel.gc.ca/ for essential travel advice and tips.

Cycle Gran Canaria and their partners treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe. Should any FO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation. We receive regular updates direct from the FOs and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground. If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Gran Canaria

With average annual temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees centigrade, Gran Canaria maintains a mild and benign climate practically all year round. The island’s great weather is a product of its fresh and humid tradewinds coming in from the anticyclone from the Azores. These tradewinds, along with the mountainous layout of the island, provide the coastal areas with one of the best climates not only in the Canary Islands, but also in the whole of Europe.

The UV rateing can be quite high, 10 and higher, if you are fair skinned, Factor 50 is heaviliy adviseable to the point of using sun protecting arm covers, like arm warmers but usally white and light. Regular water stops too are encouraged.

Pyrenees France

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 18 to 28 degrees Centigrade. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places and chilly at the highest passes on the route. The weather is usually stable during the early summer and autumn months in the Pyrenees, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Rough Guide to the Pyrenees

Rough Guide to France

Lonely Planet – France

Michelin 1:150,000 series

342 Haute Pyrenees 343 Ariege – Haute Garonne 344 Aude, Pyrenees-Orientale

2020 Tour Dates

DatesCodesRiders PriceStatus
Sunday 19th July –  Sunday 26th July 2020RP 1€1800.00Available
Sunday 2nd August – Sunday 9th August 2020RP 2€1800.00Available
Monday 7th September– Monday 14th Septembre 2020RP 3€1800.00Available
To be confirmed 2021RP 1 TBC
To be confirmed 2021RP 2 TBC
To be confirmed 2021RP 3 TBC

Supplementary services:

  • Single-room (SR) supplement: 375€ per person (subject to availability)
  • Supplementary night in Biarrtz in 3* hotel: 65€ per person ( DR), 110€ per person (SR)
  • Supplementary night in Perpigan in 3* hotel: 80€ per person ( DR), 100€ per person (SR)
  • Transfer from Perpighan to Biarrtz: 80€ per person
  • Road bike rental:  240€
  • Package is Subject to Availability

Toulouse Airport Transfers – €150 per person (based on a minimum of 4 taking this service).

 

 

Choose your trip!

Step 1


Tell us about you!

Step 2


Please make them aware you've given us their number why we'd call them. The calling number will be 0034617799924

Father, sister, wife?

Cycling / Health Information

Step 3


or give me your Strava name if you have one, so i can guage your level.

I will discuss directly with you if need be.

It's better that we're discreetly aware and can accomodate where need be.

We can have a chat on Whatsapp and get loads done in one call if you prefer?

Please tick yes, because I always have something interesting to say!

Let's stay in touch

  • raymond@cyclegrancanaria.com
  • (+ 34) 617 799 924
  • Calle Antonio Lopez San Fernando Las Palmas Gran Canaria

Send me an email

Weather

MASPALOMAS WEATHER IN CANARY ISLANDS